ATTON’S LAKE REGIONAL PARK
“Atton’s Lake Regional Park features a spring fed, clear water lake with sandy beaches. There are camping, picnic and playground facilities near the water. This well treed park boasts:
- clean modern facilities,
- unsupervised swimming area,
- nine hole grass greens golf course with a licensed clubhouse,
- ball diamonds, horseshoe pits (equipment not supplied), pickle ball court (equipment available),
- boat launch – *no motor boats allowed Saturday & Sunday*, and
- Red Cross swimming lessons in July
There are numerous activities, organized and otherwise all summer. In the latter part of the season the park becomes a very peaceful haven with plenty of terrific outdoor fun to be had.” – from the Regional Parks of Saskatchewan website
For directions, seasonal dates and times, admission fees, campsite reservations, or to arrange a tee time, and more, please visit Atton’s Lake Regional Park.
CHIEF POUNDMAKER MUSEUM AND HISTORIC SITE
The museum and historic site is “dedicated to the history of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, and also to the events of 1885 which led to the Battle of Poundmaker on May 2, 1885. The museum seeks to relate, orally and with documentation, the history of our people and of our community, as well as to celebrate our People.” – from the Chief Poundmaker Museum and Historic Site Facebook page
The museum hosts activities throughout the year that include Cree language classes, traditional indigenous craft making workshops, Plains Indian Sign Language workshops, and Indigenous Performance Festivals. In the past, the Museum has partnered with Fort Battleford Historic Site and the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum to produce programming and events at shared locations.
The Chief Poundmaker Museum sits atop a hill on Poundmaker Cree Nation, which made it the perfect venue for the 2010 re-enactment of the 1885 Battle of Poundmaker (Cut Knife Hill). Also located on the hill is the grave site of Pîhtokahanapiwiyin (Chief Poundmaker). In 2019, the community celebrated the Exoneration of Pîhtokahanapiwiyin by the Federal government with a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Trudeau. Mista Muskwa (Big Bear) is also remembered as a great leader, and is celebrated with a monument near the Kanatinak Store & Gas Bar on secondary highway 674 to Paynton.
To visit the Chief Poundmaker Museum and Historic site, head north on secondary Highway 674 and watch for signs. For more information about the Museum, please visit the Poundmaker Cree Nation website or the Museum’s Facebook page.
CLAYTON MCLAIN MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
“The stories of our region play out within both the authentic pioneer buildings that circle the Elizabeth McLain Memorial Garden and in the open air exhibits that highlight our history. To explore our past, wander through the buildings at your own pace or arrange a personalized tour at the Museum Registration desk. The museum also offers audio presentations and the young ones are encouraged to linger in the children’s area where the Question & Answer displays and the Touch Me items allow for hands-on activities.
First Nations, and European and American immigrants have lived as neighbours in our community since settlement times. Interactions between these different cultures make up the stories of our Cut Knife neighbourhood. Watch for them to unfold as one visits the different displays:
- Politics, religion and individuals influence local First Nations culture
- Cultural clashes and the 1885 Northwest Resistance
- Firearms – a necessary part of prairie life
- The aftermath of the 1885 Resistance
- Early Neighbours – sharing and cooperation
- One Room Schoolhouses – their importance and their lasting influence
- Medical issues of early Cut Knife
- A prairie General Store – providing more than a service
- Religion and Churches – their influence on our past and our present
- Changes to our prairie community with the railroad
- Early housing
– from the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum website
For hours, admission fees, an overview of exhibits, to book a tour or set up an appointment to view archival materials, and more, please visit Clayton McLain Memorial Museum.
Pedersen Apiaries is a beekeeping operation a short drive northwest of the Town of Cut Knife that welcomes visitors for tours and product sales. It’s a family-owned business that has been raising queens, producing honey, and researching and publishing for a generation. They recommend calling in advance before visiting the farm.
For tours, to purchase honey, wax, pollen, or beekeeping equipment, to view their research and publications, and more, please visit Pedersen Apiaries.
TABLE MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
“Table Mountain Regional Park has something for every level of skier & rider. The 45 acres offer a wide variety of terrain from well groomed runs, to a challenging mogul run or the ever popular terrain park. With state of the art snowmaking system, Table Mountain is able to provide excellent conditions from early December to the end of March.” – from the Table Mountain website
For directions, days and times for the chair lifts, tubing park, terrain park, or night skiing, admission or rental fees, special event info, and more, please visit Table Mountain Regional Park.
“The Tomahawk was constructed in 1971 as part of Saskatchewan’s Homecoming celebrations. It represents cooperation between the area’s local cultures.
The tipi, a traditional First Nations shelter, symbolizes respect, humility, faith, and sharing. The Tomahawk, or stone tool, was used to build and create as well as to destroy. The original structure consisted of a pre-cast concrete tipi, a Douglas Fir handle and a fibreglass blade. In 2006, the wooden handle was replaced with a metal one. It has been recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Tomahawk.
The Tomahawk is situated at the south end of Tomahawk Park on the west side of Cut Knife. The Clayton McLain Memorial Museum is on the north end of the park. The two are joined by a paved walking path.” – from the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum website
The park is well treed with a small play area for children, a trout pond, and usually a family or two of both geese and ducks. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis (electrified and non-electrified).
For opening dates, rates, info on fire bans, and more, please contact the Town Office.